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Life at Stake


Published 1954


You can find more information regarding this film on its IMDb page.


Run time 1:15:37
Production Company Hank McCune Productions
Audio/Visual sound, b&w

Reviews

Reviewer: primsue - - May 1, 2013
Subject: Would You Care to See the View?
I really liked this movie, I love Angela Lansbury anyway but the ending confused me. The way the sister looks at the $1,000 bill and says, "You have a lot of surprises in store for you", or something to that effect. Plus throughout the movie people said the younger sister was getting just like her older sister. She was so sweet I would hope she wasn't going to be a money hungry coniving woman like her sister. One silly thing, would you really have a gaping hole without a window in your living room overlooking a 300 foot drop in the ocean?
Reviewer: ACT1 NowPlaying - - January 1, 2013
Subject: Five Stars for Angela *****
Thank you for posting. Enjoyed it and I posted it on my site at http://act1nowplaying.tv/m2alifeatstake1954.html in a podcast with trailers, commercials,shorts, etc.. Happy New Year 2013!
Reviewer: Kodachrome - - December 30, 2012
Subject: I enjoyed this one
Angela Lansbury has always played the manipulative seductress to perfection and this film is a fine example of her skill.

This movie has a good supporting cast and an interesting storyline that has enough twists and turns to hold the viewers attention to the end.
Reviewer: Ynot_tony - - August 25, 2010
Subject: Entertaining
A suspense thriller and romance genre movie. Maybe not "Rear Window" or "North By Northwest", but very palatable.
Reviewer: tvsgael2 - - April 1, 2010
Subject: Avoid 1-3 star reviews with very little thought going on
Here's a real gem. Thanks for making it available. Not only to you get to see Angela Lansbury in one of her few dark roles (she's great), a role which might have caught John Frankenheimer's eye in the casting of Manchurian Candidate, you also get some great veterans. Newcomer at the time, Keith Andes, was in a lot of TV, including a memorable Star Trek role. He's up to the task in this film. Also notable is the ultra rare sports car featured, the Kaiser-Darin, which inspired the Corvette. Anyone giving this low ratings can't really appreciate the way movies were made then and isn't a fan of this kind of film. The photography was glossy and often sunny, and then went to dark noirish tones, which was what everyone loved then, and some, like me, do now. Films like these are now a time-capsule, because you'll never see their type again in modern times.
Reviewer: jimelena - - November 13, 2006
Subject: Wanna see something funny?
"Are you a bill collector?"
"No, I'm a lawyer."
"That's what they all say"
And it goes on like that with straight faces.
If they put comic sound effects and music to it, it'd be a riot.
Reviewer: billbarstad - - April 19, 2006
Subject: No Cigar
A touchy man down on his luck is chosen to be the victim of a life insurance scam by a couple in this suspense story. Like many failed suspense movies, it suffers from slow pacing and lack of imagination. Maybe I've been spoiled by films like 'Double Indemnity', 'Vertigo' and 'Chinatown'. A scene meant to show rising paranoia in the victim was almost laughably directed. The climax is marred by the victim and his bait apparently not hearing loud engine noise outside their isolated love nest in the mountains, which one would think heralded the arrival of the husband, and by the plotting scoundrels falling to their deaths noiselessly from the living room of the cabin. Weird. As others have noted, the acting by the principles is good.

I downloaded the mpeg1 file. There are a few annoying instances where frames are missing in the first half of the movie, but the video is good overall. The audio is also quite good.
Reviewer: Spuzz - - April 16, 2006
Subject: This job is killing me.
Interestingly thought out thriller here, with Angela Lansbury (one of my favorite 60ÃÂs actresses) playing a seductress who may or may not be setting up her business partner to die just so she can collect on some life insurance they have put up for a business deal (donÃÂt ask, IÃÂm not 100% sure of the loginstics of it). Keith Andes, an actor who IÃÂve never heard of before, plays her would-be-victim. She of course plays up her sex to him, and Andes canÃÂt resist. Oh, and did I say Lansbury was married? Soon (well, actually, quite quickly) Andes wises up and tries to foil the plan, but Lansbury and husband have plan BÃÂs in place..

This was quite a tricky little thriller. It almost looks and seems like it once was a play at one time, what with itÃÂs dormitory sets, but the acting sure signs through. Lansbury is fabulous as usual, and I have no idea what became of Keith Andes, because he certainly had the looks and the acting chops to go a long way.
Reviewer: kareneliot - - December 9, 2005
Subject: Above average.
It does keep you guessing until the very end, but is sort-of long and drawn out. Pretty good acting, Angela Lansbury's performance was a pleasant surprise.
Reviewer: fonsi - - August 21, 2005
Subject: Great Plot twister
Highly recommend watching this film. The plot twists and keeps you guessing till the end. Well worth downloading and having the popcorn ready.Wife loved it too.
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